October 7, 2020

STATEMENT – Indictment for Netflix’s “Cuties” Has Merit

Washington, DC (October 7, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauded the indictment of Netflix by a grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, for the “promotion of lewd visual material depicting [a] child,” in the film, Cuties.

“It is time for Netflix to be held to account for providing a platform for the sexually-exploitative content of girls in Cuties. We are grateful to the grand jury in Texas for taking this step. We believe there is legal merit for this case,” said Benjamin Bull, general counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “The grand jury found that the film Cuties amounted to nothing more than child porn. The law doesn’t allow double standards. If Netflix gets away with this, the next exploitation film will only push boundaries well beyond the breaking point.”

Previously, Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said about Cuties: “The audience does not need to see the very long scenes with close-up shots of the girls’ bodies; this does nothing to educate the audience on the harms of sexualization. And to showcase sexual exploitation of children in a film while saying that this is a ‘powerful story,’ as Netflix has said, is nothing short of corporate malfeasance.”

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national non-partisan organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography.

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